SPARTA, NJ – It’s beginning to look a lot like football- and field hockey, lacrosse, marching band and soccer.  The $3.5 million turf field project is progressing with the installation of the turf last week. 

After weeks of challenging news for the district administrators with the failure of QSAC, the field is a bright spot for the community. 

The light poles are installed, concrete now surrounds the field on all sides with walkways connected to West Mountain Road. There is new fencing and the superstructure of the highly touted electronic score board is up. A large Sparta "S" is at the center of the field.

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The snack shack remains the same but is now joined by two ticket booths that are under construction. The groundwork has been done for visitor bleachers, home bleachers will remain as they were.  The drainage was completed in June.

The last public update on the project was given by Superintendent Michael Rossi at the June board of education meeting.  At that meeting the board had approved $24,803.30 to purchase fiber optics for the scoreboard from ePlus Technology, Inc. 

Rossi reported the field would be ready for the projected first home game on Friday night September 13. Rossi is working on plans for a ceremony to open the new facilities.